Industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the development of Asia-Pacific’s travel and tourism sector were recognised at the recent PATA Annual Summit 2018, which took place in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea.
Basant Raj Mishra, executive chairman of Venture Travel (Temple Tigers) Nepal, and Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO of Asia Tourism Consulting in Singapore, were awarded with the PATA Life Membership, the association’s highest accolade given to individuals.
The PATA Award of Merit was presented to Andrew Jones, guardian of Sanctuary Resorts in Hong Kong, and Akbar A Shareef, managing director & chief executive of Rakaposhi Tours, Pakistan.
Stephen Pearce, vice president, marketing – Tourism Vancouver, was given the PATA Chairperson’s Award, while Abdulla Ghiyas, president of Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, was recognised as the PATA Face of the Future award for 2018.
The PATA Honorary Membership Award was awarded to Young-bae Ahn, president of Korea Tourism Organization, in recognition as host of the PATA Annual Summit 2018.